Rifle Front Sights
I make front sights in three base widths 1/4" ~ 3/8" ~ 1/2"
(Right to left as viewed looking down the barrel.)
Available in BLUE STEEL or BRASS
(Machined from solid bar stock)
(Due to time constraints we no longer make custom height or width front sights.)
Please use the drop boxes below to make your front sight selection.
Our 1/4" base width sights are available in .400", .450", and .500" heights.
3/8" base width sights are available in .400", .450", .500" and .600" heights.
1/2" base width sights are available in .650" height only. They are generally tall enough to allow "trimming" to the exact height you may need.
Typically, 1/2" widths are used in applications where the front sight is dovetailed directly into the barrel while 1/4" and 3/8" widths are used on ramps.
(except Rimfire Rifles with Octagon Barrels should use 3/8" base width sights)
Our Patridge sights feature a .070" blade width and standard 3/8" dovetails.
This "Post" style front sight is known as a "Patridge" sight. Testing has shown that a plain black post will give better grouping due to a more certain sight picture.
The SKINNER FRONT SIGHT is designed to be "Trimmed" to the exact height you need without changing width of the blade. They are made of good steel or brass and trim easily with a sharp file.
All our sights feature the "NO SNAG" Profile.
The width of the base of the sight is the distance from left to right of the width of the dovetail slot you have on your ramp or barrel.
We do not make front sights in Stainless Steel because the color is not suitable for accurate target acquistion.
THE MOST COMMON QUESTION WE ARE ASKED IS:
"What height front sight do I need???"
All the information I can give to answer this question is included on this page. I appreciate communication with our customers however, internet time is limited (and takes time away from production) so....
PLEASE READ THIS PAGE CAREFULLY
When the rear sight is raised, (ie: installing a receiver sight) a taller front sight will usually be needed. Occasionally the factory front will work but there are times when a taller front sight is needed.
Our recomendation is "Shoot it and see..."
Choosing the correct front sight height requires customer participation.
By doing so, if a taller front sight is required, you can determine very closely how high it should be based on your shooting results.
PLEASE VISIT OUR TECHNICAL INFO PAGE for more details.
If you wish to order one of our Patridge front sights, the following are some approx. heights that may work on your rifle.
FOR MARLIN LEVER ACTION RIFLES
THESE ARE OUR SUGGESTED FRONT SIGHT HEIGHTS (ramp mount) FOR SKINNER APERTURE RECEIVER SIGHTS:
(Due to variables beyond our control we cannot guarantee these to be correct for your specific rifle. These are averages based on measurements and customer experiences.
These heights are on the TALL end and will allow you room to trim with a file to an exact fit.
ALL HEIGHTS ARE MEASURED FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE DOVETAIL TO THE TOP OF THE SIGHT.
After trimming use SKINNER BLUE to touch up the top of your sight.)
39 .22lr = .400"
1894 .44 Magnum w/20" Barrel = .450"
1894 .357 Magnum w/18" Barrel = .500"
1895 Guide Gun and 20" 45-70 = .425" - .500" (wide variations in loads)
1895 45-70 W/ 22" Barrel = .450 - .500"
336 30-30 w/20" barrel = .500" (LeverEvolution Ammo tends to impact higher)
336 35 Rem w/20" barrel = .500"
444 Marlin w/20" barrel = .475"
MXLR Series (same rear sights as 1895/336) = .500"
For all octagon barrel rifles
(and guns with the front sight dovetailed directly into the barrel)
Centerfire Calibers ~ .650" tall 1/2 inch wide base front sight.
Rimfire Rifles ~ .600" tall, 3/8" wide base front sight.
For Ramp Mounted Front Sights
(Ramps are 1/4 or 3/8" wide at the top, order accordingly)
About Marlin Ramps: These are typically (almost always) held on with two screws. One of those screws may be under the front sight dovetail. Early production hole spacing was .700" and later production (2000 and after) are 1.00" . There are some recent guns being made with one screw ramps. (336W) _____________________________________________________________
FOR OTHER FIREARMS USING SKINNER APERTURES
Our BARREL MOUNT sits approx. .300" above the top of the barrel and
is .400" from the bottom of the dovetail to center of the aperture. Our barrel mount sight usually works with the factory installed front sight.
The LO-Pro is about .275" from mounting surface (wherever you have installed it) and you can make some measurements on YOUR RIFLE to determine how high it will be above center of the bore and choose a front sight that will be approx. the same height above the centerline of your bore.
(Customers report good success with the LO-Pro using the Factory Front Sight)
You might find the following dimensions helpful.
Top of receiver height above bore centerline for standard Marlin Lever Guns:
Model 39 Rimfire = .385"
All Centerfires = .500"
Marlin used many many different ramp/sight height combinations over the years.
There is no "standard" front sight height.
It will help immeasureably if you have shot your rifle on paper.
Our shipping height for our barrel mounted front
1/2" wide base sight is .650".
Front sights are made with a slightly oversize dovetail.
It will be necessary to use a Small Triangular File to fit THE SIGHT to the dovetail slot. Do not file the dovetail on your rifle. This is a 10 minute job if you follow the directions below.
Use SKINNER BLUE to touch up your work for that perfect finishing touch!
Brass Front Sight
Mounted in a factory
3/8" Wide Ramp
(Ramps mount with two screws)
Factory Hoods will only work if
the replacement sight is the same
height as the factory front sight.
Sights are available in BLUE and BRASS only.
THIS IS OUR NEW FRONT SIGHT PROFILE.
ALL SKINNER FRONT SIGHTS NOW
HAVE THIS SHAPE.
MARBLES UNI-RAMP FRONT SIGHTS
Mounted using one screw (6-48) this
one piece ramp/fiber optic sight could
be the answer you are looking for.
Available in two heights (.405" & .470")
Made from solid steel with a blue finish
Available for barrel contours .625", .750" and .875"
Heights are measured from the top of the barrel to the top of the sight.
Orange 3/4" long FIBER OPTIC ROD gives the shooter a glowing "dot" that shows up well in dim light. These sights cannot be changed in height so it is important that you KNOW how the proper sight height/rifle/load/shooter combination will be for YOUR exact rifle. (not generic make and model but YOUR rifle. This will only be determined by shooting your rifle with the Skinner Rear sight in place (on paper) BEFORE ordering this sight)
Please read the information on our TECHNICAL PAGE and on our FAQ PAGE.
No Returns on Uni-Ramp sights unless the sight itself is defective.
Fiber Optic Rods can break and are not considered "defective"
All information is available here and on our TECHNICAL page and FAQ page for the customer to determine if this sight is right for their application. Due to busy production time we will not be able to answer emails and phone calls asking if this sight will work on your rifle. It is what it is and works GREAT when applied correctly.
FIBER OPTIC FRONT SIGHTS
Due to popular request:
ORANGE fiber optic front sights.
These sights fit nominal 3/8" dovetails and have 3/8" wide bases.
Available in 3 heights. .410" ~ .450" ~ .500"
(measured from bottom of dovetail to top of bead)
Remove the front sight from the rifle using a brass punch and a mallet. Drift the sight from left to right (as viewed from the rear sighting down the barrel)
Hold the new sight to the right side of the slot and try to start the sight. If it will start then drift it into center position using the brass punch and mallet. If you cannot start it by hand, you will need to use a small triangular file to remove some metal. Very little filing will be necessary. File a couple of strokes then check.
File only on the sloped side of the SIGHT dovetail and only file on one of the two surfaces.
THE DOVETAIL ON THE SIGHT IS MADE SLIGHTLY OVERSIZE DUE TO VARIATIONS IN WIDTHS OF THE DOVETAIL SLOT ON THE GUN.
The goal is a firm friction fit that cannot be moved by hand, but can be moved with gentle taps of a punch and mallet.
FOR ANSWERS ABOUT FRONT SIGHT HEIGHT
CALCULATIONS PLEASE VISIT OUR
TECHNICAL INFO PAGE
MAKE IT SIMPLE
To move the impact 1 inch at 100 yards on a Marlin rifle with a 20" barrel requires .006" of sight change. (front or rear)
If you are shooting 6" low at 100 yards, your front sight needs to be "Trimmed" .036" shorter or the rear stem turned up 1 1/2 turns.
If you are shooting 6" high at 100 yards your front sight needs to be .036" taller or the rear stem turned down 1 1/2 turns. (If your stem is already at the lowest position a taller front sight is required)
If you are shooting at a shorter range than 100 yards adjust accordingly.
50 yards = 2 times the change needed. (.012" for 1" correction)
25 yards = 4 times the change needed. (.024" for 1" correction)